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Yesterday the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration warned that up to 40% of domesticated dogs in the capital were at an increased risk of rabies. Pet owners have been asked to ensure that their dogs are given annual rabies vaccinations at BMA veterinarian clinics or mobile unites operating in various communities.
The latest survey in the city has revealed that they are 600,000 pet dogs and more than 100,000 stray dogs on the streets. The city aims to be rabies-free by 2020 under the World Health Organization’s goal to eradicate the disease.
BMA;s deputy city clerk Peerapong Saicheau said that people must take their dogs to be vaccinated, his advice came during a visit to the city’s animal control centre which is home to 800 stray dogs and cats. There is a plan in place to relocate the animals twice a month to a facility in Uthai Thani province, that currently houses 5,500 animals but has the capacity for 8,000.